Toronto, ON — Vital Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) projects focused on habitat restoration, protecting freshwater, and implementing nature-based climate solutions will be receiving funding support from the Government of Canada, as was announced on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has announced that over $850,000 in funding will be invested in seven TRCA projects as part of the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund (NSCSF)EcoAction Community Funding Program, and Great Lakes Protection initiative (GLPI), which support ecosystems initiatives and water resources in the Toronto region. TRCA CEO John MacKenzie represented TRCA at the announcement.

Left to right: The Honourable Steven Guibeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change; John MacKenzie, TRCA Chief Executive Officer; and Leah Taylor Roy, Member of Parliament for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.

Guided by the vision of achieving safe and resilient communities, TRCA works to conserve, restore, and manage natural resources through our partnerships and the projects we undertake. With a jurisdiction that spans across nine watersheds and their Lake Ontario shorelines, our work plays an important role in providing solutions that protect the well-being of our communities and ecosystems, supports biodiversity and the reduction of emissions. TRCA projects supported by NSCSF, EcoAction, and GLPI include:

  • Prioritizing nature-based climate solutions in the Toronto region
  • Sponge Neighbourhoods: Working with Local Communities, Indigenous Groups and Youth to Improve Freshwater Systems through a Network of Green Infrastructure Projects in Four Strategic Urban Neighbourhoods
  • Barrier Removal Project (Albion Hills Conservation Park culverts restoration)
  • Gibraltar Point Sand Dune and Wet Meadow Restoration
  • Remedial Action Plan Coordination for the Toronto and Region Area of Concern
  • Engaging Communities in Western Lake Ontario to Protect and Restore Water Quality and Ecosystem Health
  • Waterfront Integrated Restoration Prioritization Strategy Implementation
  • The investment from the Government of Canada will augment the impact of TRCA’s projects and advance momentum towards shared goals. By working together, we will make meaningful contributions to our country’s commitments to conserve 25 percent of land, oceans, and freshwater in Canada by 2025, and 30 percent of each by 2030, and help Canada meet its 2030 and 2050 climate change objectives.To learn more about TRCA’s conservation work, visit

“By investing in TRCA’s nature-based solutions, freshwater and wetlands projects, we will make a measurable difference in protecting productive ecosystems and providing vital natural solutions to combat climate change. We are grateful to the Honourable Steven Guilbeault and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change for their commitment to furthering progress towards strengthening the health and quality of the ecosystems in our communities.”— John MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, TRCA

The Government of Canada investment announced on March 1, 2023 includes funding support for TRCA’s efforts to protect freshwater.


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